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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2012 01:29 PM
From: Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf
To: All Senate members
Subject: Medical malpractice: Four equal installments
I am reintroducing Senate Bill 24, legislation amending the Mcare Act to permit physicians to pay their annual Mcare Fund surcharge in four equal installments. Traditionally, the CAT Fund (now the Mcare Fund), by law, has required physicians to pay their surcharge in one lump sum. The only exception to this rule occurred when the General Assembly enacted 1996 Act 135, making numerous revisions to the Health Care Services Malpractice Act. For 1997 only, physicians were permitted to pay the surcharge in four equal installments. While it was only extended to physicians for one year due to the significant increase in the surcharge that year, I believe that physicians should continue to have the option of paying the Mcare Fund surcharge in four equal installments. This will help physicians better manage and budget for the payment of the surcharge.

During past sessions the General Assembly passed legislation focused on providing relief to Pennsylvania health care providers who struggled with the increasing costs and the decreasing availability of medical malpractice liability insurance. This legislation will continue the legislature’s effort to help to make medical malpractice insurance more affordable for physicians.

Introduced as SB131